After just sending four players to injured reserve all of last season, second-year Patriot, Shea McClellin is reportedly joining Julian Edelman, Cyrus Jones, and Derek Rivers on the 2017 list. With one distinction; He will be able to return to the Patriots after the first eight weeks of the season.
Source: the Patriots are placing LB Shea McClellin on IR. He’s been out since early this preseason.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 4, 2017
McClellin missed all of training camp and now will sit for at least the first half of the season. The move has brought running back Brandon Bolden back into the mix after he was cut by the team last week.
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The injury is a potentially devastating one for the Patriots. Just several weeks ago on the cusp of training camp, the Patriots added former Jets linebacker, David Harris. Many thought the move was icing on the cake for a team very deep at the position. Now it seems like a necessary move on the part of the Patriots.
After coming over from the Bears last year, McClellin played a huge role in the team’s fifth championship. With the retirement of Rob Ninkovich and the injuries to rookies Derek Rivers and Dietrich Wise, McClellin was expected to play an even bigger role in his second year with the team.
The Patriots now face potential depth issues. Currently, Dont’a Hightower, David Harris, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and UDFA rookie, Harvey Langi, round out the Patriots depth at linebacker. In addition, they have very few options for who plays opposite of defensive end, Trey Flowers.
With the season still a couple days away, the Patriots have faced more adversity from injuries than all of last season. In 2015, the Patriots were able to endure a bevy of injuries but ultimately fell short of the Super Bowl. It hasn’t become that dire for the Patriots just yet, however, they’re already walking on thin ice. All this prior to the unveiling of the fifth banner.
– Ian Glendon is a National Co-Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.